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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / New VC of UoP seeks faculty’s cooperation
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:38:14 PM »
New VC of UoP seeks faculty’s cooperation
PESHAWAR:22 October:University of Peshawar’s (UoP) new Vice Chancellor Prof Asif Khan has urged teachers to join hands for the varsity’s uplift.

He asked the faculty to play their constructive role and help bring the institution out of financial crisis.

“I am a man of merit and innovative ideas; share whatever you consider may help us, help me in efforts to make this alma mater rise again to the glories it once enjoyed in the education community,” he shared this views while addressing to Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) Hall on Saturday.

He further assured to hold selection boards pending since April 2015 and approve demands of new advertisement for long awaited promotion of young PhD and senior faculty members.

“PUTA members suffered due to the interim phase of a pro-vice chancellor who could not manage a single selection board, instead stopped illegally the salaries of 30 TTS faculty members and denied renewal of contracts of lecturers and assistant professors,” shared PUTA President Jamil Ahmad Chitrali.

He said that PUTA demanded immediate implementation of the letter issued from Governor’s secretariat as Chancellor, wherein, the illegal perk and privileges are directed immediately to be withdrawn.

President informed that the pro-vice chancellor till date enjoys a special office, guards at home, a Gardner and two drivers beside other privileges.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Lack of basic facilities in schools reduce enrolments
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:37:22 PM »
Lack of basic facilities in schools reduce enrolments
KARACHI:October 22:In Sindh, 100,000 students leave school in the first month every year due to the absence of basic facilities such as water and sanitation admitted the provincial education department’s secretary, Dr Iqbal Hussain Durrani, before the judicial commission.

Filing a preliminary report on the quality of drinking water in schools, the secretary showed a breakup of schools based on whether water was available or not. He highlighted the agencies responsible for providing water to the schools.

In Karachi’s District Central there are some schools where only two students are studying, the secretary disclosed.

However, Durrani admitted that no value addition was done to improve either the quality of water or its availability in the schools by the education department. He said that 4,000 schools had been surveyed so far and assured that facilities like electricity, drinking water, classrooms and washrooms will be provided.

Water shortage predicted across Pakistan

He said in the report that it was essentially the job of the public health engineering or the local government department to look into this issue and provide water to the schools and colleges in rural and urban areas. Yet the education department had prepared a comprehensive plan based on two phases for providing all facilities, including drinking water to the schools, he maintained.

The secretary mentioned that all directors of school education had been directed to carry out laboratory tests of drinking water being supplied to the schools.

He added that the director-general of monitoring and evaluation had been mandated to inspect schools randomly twice a month to improve attendance of teaching and ancillary staff and check water quality and sanitation.

The secretary said an important meeting with the relevant engineers and others concerned had been convened on Monday when the issue in its entirety will be discussed to devise schemes for improving workability of the prevalent system for providing water and maintaining sanitation conditions at the schools.

Ibrahim Hyderi residents decry non-availability of water

According to him, the result of the meeting with a progress report will be submitted to the commission on the next date. The commission observed that the secretary’s report “clearly suggests that the problem of water quality and even its availability in many schools was not only perennial but was widespread and deep-rooted. And this problems is not being addressed with the rigor and effort expected in such a situation.”

The commission ordered that the issue be discussed thoroughly on the next date of the hearing when the education secretary will apprise the commission about efforts being made to improve quality of water and sanitation in the schools and colleges all over Sindh. Express News.
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Education News from Sindh / Oath-taking ceremony held at OPF College
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
Oath-taking ceremony held at OPF College
Islamabad:October 22:A programme regarding the oath-taking ceremony of the OPF Girls College, Primary Girls Section, was organised by section heads Naz Amin and Zareen Zehra.

College Principal Shahina Masood was the chief guest on the occasion.

In the welcome address, section head Naz Amin stressed the importance of curricular and co-curricular activities. She encouraged and congratulated the newly-elected student council members. The chief guest administered the oath to students and gave them sashes.

The section heads accomplished her on the stage in sash distribution.

 In her address to the parents and students, she said the college rightfully shared its pride with all present that we as an institution excel both in curricular and co curricular activities. "It is my proud privilege to announce that in their academic pursuits our students have got unprecedented success," she said.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / 21 teachers promoted
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:35:34 PM »
21 teachers promoted
Lahore:October 22:School Education Department (SED) Punjab has promoted 21 school teachers serving in BS-17 as senior headmistresses, senior subject specialist (BS-18).

According to a notification issued, the promotions were made on the recommendations of departmental promotion committee.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Aitchison College teacher’s 100th birthday celebrated
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:34:45 PM »
Aitchison College teacher’s 100th birthday celebrated
LAHORE:October 22:A simple but impressive ceremony was organised at Aitchison College on Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary educationist and teacher, Maj (r) Geoffrey Douglas Langlands.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, adviser to Punjab CM Punjab and founding Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University Dr Umar Saif, the college’s management staff, teachers, students, a large number of old Aitchisonians and people from different walks of life attended the birthday ceremony. 

Langlands,  born in Yorkshire, England, on October 21, 1917, came to India as a young British commando in 1944. Later, he spent 60 years of his life teaching in Pakistan in different educational institutions, including Aitchison College—his first teaching assignment on the request of the then commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Army General Ayub Khan. He also headed Cadet College Razmak in North Waziristan, FATA, in 1979 for 10 years.

Langlands is also remembered for his marvelous work in Chitral for Sayurj Public School (now the Langlands School and College)--the institute he served for 24 years.

After retirement, Langlands has been living in the Bahawalpur House of Aitchison College, Lahore, where he taught for almost 25 years.

Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, tweeted a special message from Queen Elizabeth II: “I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your 100th birthday on 21st October, 2017. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.”

Thomas Drew wishing Major Langlands on his birthday also wrote: “Friend of Pakistan and teacher of generations of its students.”   

In his tweet, Dr Umar Saif wrote: “Major Geoffrey Langlands completes 100 years -- what a great legacy at Aitchison College.”

PTI chief Imran Khan sending his wishes on the 100th birthday of Langlands wrote: “Happy 100th B'day wishes for our Aitchison College teacher Major Langlands. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to celeb (celebrate) at Aitchison.”

Federal Minister for Water and Power Awais Ahmad Khan Legahri tweeted that Mr Langlands served Pakistan better than most Pakistanis. “According to him (Mr Langlands) late President Farooq Leghari was his best student ever.”The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Punjab University staff concerned over land to Lesco
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:34:03 PM »
Punjab University staff concerned over land to Lesco
LAHORE:October 22:A delegation of Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) called on Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar and expressed concerns over possible allotment of varsity’s land to Lesco for construction of a feeder.

The delegation, led by President Javed Sami, informed VC that the teaching community would not allow allocation of varsity’s land to any institution other than academic purposes.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / International science moot to begin tomorrow
« Last post by sb on October 22, 2017, 02:33:18 PM »
International science moot to begin tomorrow
Lahore:October 22:Former federal minister of science & technology Professor Atta-ur-Rehman will inaugurate an international bio-science conference at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, on October 23. An announcement on Saturday stated that the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, is organising the conference, “Trends and Prospects in Molecular Biosciences'', to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the institute. Rehman will also deliver a special lecture in the inaugural ceremony to be held at Pervaiz Hassan Environmental Law Centre of the university's  Quaid-e-Azam Campus, on Monday.The news.
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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / 30th All Pakistan Bilingual competition held
« Last post by sb on October 20, 2017, 01:06:01 PM »
30th All Pakistan Bilingual competition held
MANSEHRA:October 20: The Army Burn Hall School and College Abbottabad clinched the top position in the All Pakistan Bilingual competition here on Thursday.

The 30th All Pakistan Bilingual competition was held at the Pakistan Scouts Cadet College, Batrasi.

“Such healthy competitions among educational institutions from across country are highly important for national integration,” Brigadier (Retd) Abdul Hafiz, the principal of Pakistan Scouts Cadet College, Batrasi, told the inaugural session of competition held in English and Urdu on various topics related to justice, education, national integration. The students of Pakistan Scouts Cadet College, Batrasi, didn’t take part in the competition as being host of the event.

The students of Pakistan Cadet College Kohat, Cadet College Chao Saiden Shah, Chakwal, Cadet College Palandry, Cadet College Qilla Saifullah, Army Burn School and College (Boys) Abbottabad, Pakistan International Public School and College for Boys Abbottabad, Government College University Lahore, The Fazl-i-Haq College Mardan,  Chand Bagh School Mureedkay, Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College Swabi, Cadet College Swat, Government Postgraduate College Mansehra, Military College Muree,  Cadet College Pano Aqil and Cadet College Sanghar delivered speeches on issues faced by nation and received standing ovations from the audience. Overall, the students of Army Burn Hall School and College stood first and Military College Muree and Cadet College Sanghar shared the runners up.The news.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission Exam schedule
PESHAWAR:October 20: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission has scheduled civil judges competitive examination to be held with effect from October 31 to November 8, 2017 at different centres in Peshawar.

Call letters are issued to all concerned candidates on their postal addresses. However, candidates who do not receive the call up notices up to 27/10/2017, can download their letters from official website www.kppsc.gov.pk or should contact Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission 2-Fort Road Peshawar Cantt: on Phone No. 0919213563/ 9212897/9214131 or through personal visit for receiving duplicate call up notice, said a handout.The news.
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CECOS University academic programmes explained in Malaysia
PESHAWAR:October 20: Vice-Chancellor CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences Prof Dr Riaz A Khattak visited International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM).

A press release said Prof Dr Riaz A Khattak made a detailed presentation on the academic programmes offered by CECOS University.

The presentation was attended largely by graduate and postgraduate students, faculty members, heads of departments, deans and directors of disciplines of engineering and biotechnology.

The audience evinced interest in exchange programmes of students and faculty members, initiating joint research programmes, writing joint research papers and holding joint international conferences. The CECOS University vice-chancellor and IIUM Deputy Rector had a two hour long meeting wherein both agreed on the materialisation of the mutually agreed agenda of the MoU.

The proposal to launch a joint programme was discussed for assessing the possibility for extending this unique, highly involved study in social sectors to KP. This project mainly deals with educating the uneducated and prepares for the Cambridge Accessibility Test, popularly called CAT, said the communiqué.The news.
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